- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV)
As I get older, I am continually amazed to see people much younger than me huffing and puffing as they walk into a shopping mall or any other public facility in America today. Many are grosslye overweight and they often wait in line in a parking lot for an open spot rather than park at a distance and actually walk somewhere. America is truly out of shape and it often seems like many of us don't even care.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not a health nut or someone who has a body builder's physique and I'm not a vegetarian. I love a good piece of red meat as much as anyone, but I also enjoy fruits and salads and realize that we can't sit our life away. Feet were made for walking and the body was made to be upright, not slouching or sitting for extended periods with no exercise or momentum.
I mention this on this Sunday Morning Coming Down because as the Apostle Paul tells us in the passage from 1 Corinthians above, our body is in reality a temple of the Holy Spirit within us. What that means is we are expected to live the way God would have us do and one of the key tenets of that is good, healthy living. Look at the physical attributes of the human body and it's clear we were made to be active, not sedentary. So get off the couch and go for a walk, or ride a bike or even go swimming or just about any activity you can think of that increases your heart rate and burns some caloric intake. It doesn't have to be painful or extreme, but just do something to keep the blood flowing and the heart pumping.
God loves us but He expects us to honor Him in the way we live. After all, we are supposed to be living for Him, not for ourselves. And one of the things that means is keeping ourselves as healthy and fit as we reasonable can. Sooner or later we will all face physical and mental frailty and die, but don't hasten it along. Keep the mind and body active and it will pay great dividends. You will be blessed for it.
Be active, stay alert and enjoy the wonders of the gift of life that God has given us. Staying healthy is an important part of that for, remember, we are each a Temple of the Third Person of God, the One who dwells within us. We all need to act with appropriate reverence.
God bless you all.